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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB vs Radeon HD 4850 1GB

Intro

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB makes use of a 65/55 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 650 MHz. The GDDR3 RAM is set to run at a speed of 900 MHz on this specific model. It features 64 SPUs along with 32 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 4850 1GB, which makes use of a 55 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 625 MHz. The GDDR4 memory works at a frequency of 993 MHz on this card. It features 800(160x5) SPUs along with 40 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 95 Watts
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 110 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (16%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 4850 1GB should in theory be a small bit better than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB in general. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 1GB 63552 MB/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 57600 MB/sec
Difference: 5952 (10%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon HD 4850 1GB will be a small bit (about 20%) more effective at AF than the GeForce 9600 GT 1GB. (explain)

Radeon HD 4850 1GB 25000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 20800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 4200 (20%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce 9600 GT 1GB is a bit (more or less 4%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 4850 1GB, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce 9600 GT 1GB 10400 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 4850 1GB 10000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 400 (4%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce 9600 GT 1GB Radeon HD 4850 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year Feb 2008 Jun 25, 2008
Code Name G94a/b RV770 PRO
Memory 1024 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 650 MHz 625 MHz
Memory Speed 1800 MHz 1986 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 95 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 57600 MB/sec 63552 MB/sec
Texel Rate 20800 Mtexels/sec 25000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 10400 Mpixels/sec 10000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 64 800(160x5)
Texture Mapping Units 32 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR3 GDDR4
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 65/55 nm 55 nm
Transistors 505 million 956 million
Bus PCIe x16 2.0 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 10 DirectX 10.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 3.0 OpenGL 3.0

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 9600 GT 1GB

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Radeon HD 4850 1GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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